Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Geller.
Richard, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been practicing meditation and mindfulness for 40 years and teaching for the last 20 years. I’ve also been a business software developer and corporate technical trainer since the 80’s.
I started MedWorks Corporate Meditation Programs in 2001 because, first and foremost, I love teaching meditation. I also saw an opportunity to teach meditation in the same plain-English and structured manner as I used to teach computer topics, and to bring these important stress relieving techniques into the workplace where they are so greatly needed. This has been the key to our success, as evidenced by our 50 plus client list which includes many well-known companies.
Anyone who would like to see what our classes are like can check out the links on our home page to the Boston Globe and other articles about our work, and see the video of MedWorks on television. I’m also a big believer in volunteer work, and mine is teaching meditation to the inmates at the Suffolk County House of Correction (one of Boston’s city jails), which I’ve been doing for 20 years.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When we started in 2001, it was a very tough sell to corporate decision-makers that meditation is something that could be helpful in the business world. Now meditation is so widespread and in the mainstream that most employers no longer need a lot of convincing about the value of employees being able to de-stress on the job through meditation.
Articles and scientific studies about the positive value of meditation and mindfulness on the body, mind and productivity come out on a daily basis.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Most of our classes are taught onsite and in person at companies across the state and New England. Some classes are done remotely, using video-conferencing software such as Skype, Zoom, etc.
Our classes are in plain English, and are well-structured, highly interactive, hands-on, and easy to learn. They are perfect for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
We guarantee that every person leaves their first class with the ability to reduce their stress levels using meditation anytime, anywhere that stress occurs, even if they never take another training session.
Most meditation programs are tied to a particular school or tradition, and teach a few techniques. At MedWorks we teach all the major techniques, drawing upon 40 years of meditation practice: breath focus, body scan relaxation, standing and walking meditation, tai-chi and chi-kung introductory practice, sound and music meditation, simple yoga as a meditation, visualization practice, and mindfulness/open awareness meditation.
Our emphasis is on experiencing the underlying inner mechanism of all meditation techniques, which is concentration and mindfulness, and then exploring the different techniques to find at least one or two that work for you that you will actually practice every day.
For example, for some people sitting down with their eyes closed is like torture, and they’ll never do it. Oftentimes, individuals who dislike sitting meditation do like moving meditations like tai chi, yoga, or walking meditation.
Also, we strongly encourage everyone to start with just one minute per day, and let it naturally lengthen from there. Too many teachers compel their students to meditate 20, 30, 60 minutes right away, and the result is often zero minutes.
I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve successfully taught thousands of employees how to de-stress at their workplace, and at home or play. For the most part, these are ordinary people who would never dream of visiting some strange Far Eastern meditation place, but if it’s presented to them at their workplace in a simple way they can understand, they’ll give it a shot, and it will change their lives for the better forever.
I always have people talk about their meditation experiences in class and in their daily lives. It’s very gratifying to hear about their daily meditation practice and the many benefits they are experiencing: less stress, healing of physical difficulties such as migraines and high blood pressure, more productivity at work, improved relationships with others, the ability to navigate difficult situations, especially at work, more effectively.
- Address: 101 Wolcott Road Brookline, MA 02467
- Website: www.meditationprograms.com
- Phone: 617-879-1506
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